Tell it like it is Allezkev, our man in the black cab. Do we have what it takes to cross the bridge ahead?
From the last thread…
Today is a classic banana skin fixture for Arsenal. It’s what we do, play like champion contenders one week, get everyone excited and then play like a bunch of idiots the next week.
But these are the games, away from fluffy, cozy London, in some nondescript northern football outpost, where your team shows its true mettle. It’s on the road where you see your team’s championship credentials and it’s where you never know what Arsenal team (in recent times) will turn up?
And so, to Burnley in Lancashire. A picturesque stadium in a town surrounded by rolling hills. An old mill town from back in the times when Lancashire was the cotton king of the world, where professional football in England was born–that’s where Arsene takes his schizophrenic team.
On paper it should be a difficult but doable 2-0 win for the Gunners, but Burnley are having a great season and if our players start getting a bit sniffy about playing at their small ground, you know, strolling around as if they’re thinking ‘I’m too good for this,’ then we could get turned over.
So I’m going for a draw.
Great Stuff, Kev!… Even if, deep down, I know you’re really hoping we can take the full points back to London.
Regardless, here are the line-ups:
Arsenal: Cech; Kościelny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Sanchez; Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck,
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Brady; Barnes. Subs: Wood, Vokes, Westwood, Long, Arfield, Bardsley, Lindegaard
Our group is totally (get it?…) predictable, except no Mesut Ozil in the squad due to illness. He’ll be replaced by Alex Iwobi and it’s a shame after the German’s outstanding performance in the Tottenham match a week ago. Somehow Arsenal will have to break down a very stubborn Burnley side without him. It’s a big spot for Iwobi but he’s just one of eleven.
Can we do it? What say you, fine fellow Gooners? Please join me as I try to describe the action.
Go on then….
by 17highburyterrace (with help from and thanks to, Akev)